Jonathan Hayes

The Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a public hearing on the proposed rezoning of the proposed Jackson Townhomes development next Tuesday.

BOMA passed the first reading of the rezoning ordinance and comprehensive development plan at the Dec. 8 meeting, 11-2. The development plan passed the Planning Commission unanimously, 10-0.

The area east of Stop 30 Road on the north side of East Main Street would be rezoned from commercial to residential for around five acres in the back and limited-use commercial for around one acre with frontage on Main Street.

In the same meeting, BOMA voted down a preliminary master development plan for the Bellesford Landing community, 6-7.

The Jackson Townhomes development will have 48 three-story townhomes with two-car garages. The developer, Shawn Jackson, proposed to pay a $3,500 fee for each unit — a total of $168,000. Jackson also proposed to extend the sidewalk from the development to the Stop 30 intersection, a cost of $40,000-60,000, he said.

The road in the development will be privately maintained, Jackson said in the BOMA meeting.

Jackson also said the development would bring in over $30,000 in tax revenue.

Charles Hasty, spokesperson for the neighboring HOA board and neighboring community of Stoneybrook, said that his community supported the development.

Hasty said that in February of 2019, Jackson submitted a development to the planning commission that the neighborhood “totally opposed.” The units were “extremely small,” had no garages and did not fit in with the surrounding neighborhoods.

Hasty said that Jackson went back to the drawing board and began talking with the neighboring communities. He discussed his development with the Stoneybrook board of directors and held a community meeting.

Hasty said the newly proposed townhomes are more consistent with the Villages of Stoneybrook and other condo complexes in the area.

“He has added a lot of little amenities that we felt would be good as far as being a good neighbor to us,” Hasty said. “We support it.”

Hasty said that the community would like to see the property stay vacant, but they know that that isn’t realistic.

He also mentioned that the current zoning of the area would allow for light industrial uses, something the neighborhood doesn’t want.

“We've got what we think is the best that we're going to get,” Hasty said.

Gary Head, president of the Stoneybrook HOA, gathered signatures from 40 of the 42 properties in the neighborhood. The remaining two were inaccessible. He said all 40 signatures were in favor of the Jackson Townhomes development proposal.

“Mr. Jackson has been kind enough to work with us to bring in a product that we felt was compatible so we feel like the city should approve this development,” Head said.

Ward 5 Alderman Jonathan Hayes said that while he had originally been against the rezoning, he voted for it at the first reading because he wanted the citizens to have a chance to have a say. The proposed development is in Hayes’s ward.

Hayes said that he had empathy for the Stoneybrook residents who are concerned about what could be built on the property and for residents concerned about higher-density residential zoning. The project is considered medium-density.

In the BOMA meeting, Hayes mentioned that he was concerned about the extra traffic the development could bring to Exit 8 off Vietnam Veterans Boulevard. He said that the development could bring 85 more cars, and that he needed BOMA to be supportive in working for an underpass.

Hayes said that he is leaning toward voting yes on the second reading.

“For me, it's a good business decision. I'm leaning towards it for that good business decision reason, and that's based on the advice of professionals and planning,” Hayes said.

Hayes encouraged citizens to speak at the public forum on Jan. 12.

“I really appreciate citizens taking time, citizen comments are important and so is a public hearing,” he said. “This is people's opportunity to really speak up.”

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